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Is there enough overlap between these four “space ship shape” questions to close at least one as duplicate?

Is there enough overlap between these four "space ship shape" questions to close at least one as duplicate? Are there enough stray gasses in space to justify streamlining a probe? Is the ...
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What's going on with all the downvoting on my answers here?

Have light gases like hydrogen or helium been explored for ion propulsion? asks what it asks. In the body of the question it's restated as: Has the "ion sorcery" for light gases like ...
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Why the repeated downvotes on fine questions?

I fully expect this to be deleted in 10 seconds flat. That's OK. I've noticed various people are downvoting perfectly fine questions for no apparent reason whatsoever. Worse, they don't bother to say ...
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Is the [radio] tag necessary?

There are 18 questions tagged radio. I am proposing deleting it, as it is largely redundant and confused with other tags. 10 are also tagged radio-communication. 2 more are tagged radio-astronomy or ...
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What do you think about a weekly new tag report bot?

I moderate other communities outside of Stack Exchange, and in most other cases I have put on my app developer hat to make some helpful bots. I haven't done that yet for Space Exploration, but I'm ...
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At what point does a question about what happens inside a rocket engine become absolutely off-topic? (rocket fuel reaction products chemistry)

Under the well-answered, currently closed and on its way to be reopened (please vote!) question What is the products of a catalyzed reaction between Hydrogen Peroxide and Ethanolamine with Copper(II) ...
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Are questions about the U.S. Space Force on topic? Tag needed?

There have been questions and answers which have mentioned the U.S. Space Force. Do we want questions specifically about it on-topic? If so, should there be a tag? How should such a tag be spelled ...
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Would a “pyrotechnics” tag be useful?

We currently have an explosives tag. It has 13 questions, ranging in topic from explosive decompression, explosives as a propellant, the ALSEP grenades, and pyrotechnics. I have some interest in ...
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60th anniversary of Gagarin's flight

Update: The first human spaceflight was Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. Space Exploration celebrated the 60th anniversary with a series of questions: Was the SK-1 spacesuit tested in flight prior to ...
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Where to ask a question about rocket fuel?

I want to ask a question about rocket fuel, and I'm wondering if I should do it here or on chemistry. It would be about an alternative to certain fuels. Where should I ask this? Thanks!
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Are these two similar questions ripe for merging?

Answers to my recent question How hard does atmospheric drag push on the ISS? Is it more than one pound? and the 2015 question What is the ISS drag? both provide numbers for the drag force that the ...
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Should we also close “Are the Mars landings real?” questions as duplicates of “Are the Moon landings real”?

In this answer to Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer? I propose that the work and consensus that went into the closing of Moon landing hoaxer class questions as duplicates of our now ...
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Guidance on duplicate pairs of questions

I am not sure how I can ask for help with this other than here, although I realised I've asked related questions in the last couple of days on meta: sorry. There are currently a pair of questions ...
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What does the “status-completed” tag mean on “discussion” questions? How does it compare to/contrast with an answer being accepted?

It seems I'd left this tab open on my phone a week ago because it intrigued/confused me. What does the status-completed tag denote in the context of questions tagged discussion? I'm thinking that it ...
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Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer?

Similar to How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? There's been a tremendous amount of churn on the site recently because user azot has been asking questions hinting around about the US Mars ...
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Providing good answers to closed questions

There have recently been some questions which have been closed for, I think, good reasons related to the likely intent of the person asking them inferred from the narrative pushed in the question ...
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Edit to an answer, adding more relevant information, rejected by author because it's “not their intent”

https://space.stackexchange.com/a/50284/6449 Someone commented below the above answer that it was missing information regarding the range of rovers using RTGs, so I edited that answer to include that ...
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Where should I ask question related to indoor farming

As a project, a bit of fun and experiment, I want to work on 'Indoor farming', but with great projects come great questions. So did I, mostly with light frequency, intensity, watt, stuff that you can'...
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What are the best books to learn about space exploration? [duplicate]

I would like to learn more about space exploration; what technology we have, how specific satellite technologies work, rocket design etc. What books would you advise to read? Where would you advise to ...
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Is this the right place to ask hypothetical terraforming questions?

I want to know whats a proper venue for questions about hypothetical terraforming scenarios. Ex: "What if terraformed using fusion ... " This seemed like a good place but a question I posted ...
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Should we have a policy for excessive story-spoiling in comments?

In question and answer posts there is a spoiler alert feature: Below the question What is the maximum force a deep space spacecraft experiences after launch? there is an extended conversation in ...
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Do we need a smallsat tag, or might we just include small satellites within the cubesat tag's usage guidance?

To What was the first satellite with COTS electronics? I've added the cubesat tag though I really just want to specify any small satellites (as opposed to space stations and big communications ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The help center's What types of questions should I avoid asking? says near the top that: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Does apsidal ...
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Am I really “wasting people's time” by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

Are Jool's moons' orbits stable? has had some focused attention; that the bodies are fictitious rather than hypothetical is the reason that the question needed to be closed if I understand ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

The recent “so what happened with New Horizons, anyway?” question is the starkest example I’ve seen of a question that is trivially answered by a quick look at the obvious Wikipedia entry. I’d like to ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Beginner questions adding maneuverability and/or guidance under power to amateur model rockets; could/should they be closed as inherently dangerous?

Background What kind of security while using solid propellent? was asked at 2018-06-27 00:06 UTC, I flagged it at 01:28 and it ...
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Synonym [eva] and [spacewalk]

[space-walk] is already a synonym but spacewalk has 32 questions
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Should there be an “Explorer Program” tag or just add separate tags for each one as it becomes necessary? (they each seem so different!)

Was the nature of Explorer 3's orbit intentional? mentions Explorer 1 and Explorer 3 and since only the explorer-1 tag was added because it was the only one available, I created/added an explorer-...
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Is there any point to the “travel” tag?

It seems overly broad to be useful. https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/travel Wiki excerpt for travel: Questions related to any kinds of travel where entering space is involved.
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Is the mission-design tag description wrong? Should the trajectory-design tag be somehow nixed?

My understanding of the term "mission design" is that it includes a variety of aspects of a mission, including features of a spacecraft and aspects of its trajectory; where it passes ...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able ...
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What are ways that we can show 3D orbits and other 3D things in posts?

I probably spent half a day figuring out how to make each of the GIFs shown below. It was gratifying as is all of my procrastinatory behavior here in Stack Exchange, but the reason it was done like ...
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Isn't this question on-topic and shouldn't it be reopened? No need to block answers nor migrate, is there?

The question Can a moon orbit its planet faster than its planet rotates? is well received and has had plenty of positivity and several answers. After reviewing Community Policy Repository and ...
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Is a question about NASA KSC's SWAT team on-topic?

In the comments to the question Why were the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts backed up by guards with automatic weapons?, the question was raised, what force the guards in the photo belong to and in another ...
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Do we need both “camera” and “spacecraft-cameras” tags?

camera has 71 questions, and has the guidance text "Questions about imagery devices on spacecraft and probes." spacecraft-cameras has 26 questions, and no guidance text. It appears that the ...
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ECEF and ECI tags, do we need them? Frames seems to be the standard

I was adding tags to Satellite tracking telescope integrated program in Matlab and included the frames tag with 24 questions. Then I noticed there also existed eci with 5 questions, and ecef with 2 ...
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Should the “shenzhou-11” tag be generalized to “shenzhou”?

Shenzhou is China's crewed spacecraft, derived from the Russian Soyuz. It does not yet have its own tag, but there are currently 19 questions containing "shenzhou". Shenzhou 11 was a ...
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Are “I suspect…” answers okay? What if we all started writing them?

I've just written the following comment: -1 because I have always found the "I suspect that..." format troubling when used in Stack Exchange answer posts....
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Are missile questions on topic?

I'm referring in particular to How to determine the delta V required in order for the satellite at pt. A to hit the earth at pt. B? Those who could give a fairly competent answer to this question ...
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Why are there so few badge tagged tag-badge questions on meta?

Only on one occasion, it seems, someone has had any confusion about how tag badges work. Does that mean this feature is strikingly crystal clear compared to other aspects of the site, which generates ...
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Ambigous tag, “modeling”

A low-power tag on the site is modeling, with a mere 12 questions. I see at least four different usages: 3D modeling Model rockets Orbital mechanics. Modeling of other phases of space-flight, such as ...
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artemiss mission and artemis program tags, do we need both? If so, how to know which one to use?

There are tags for artemis-mission (13) and artemis-program (8) and currently on both tags the message reads: There is no usage guidance for this tag … yet! I chose one for Demonstrative examples of ...
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Can a question be asked about space explorations without space craft?

I have experience of three space explorations without spacecraft. On two different days I traveled to a very old building{Two times the greater breadth, and height than a highrise building].there were ...
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“Relevance to space exploration?” is “Guess where the invisible hoop is, then jump through it”

I've seen the comment Relevance to space exploration? Appear quickly, directly below several question posts over the past several months, and I'll explain why it makes me uncomfortable. It creates ...
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Tagging questions about flight footage or video documentation

Are there specific tags that can / should be used with questions about footage (for example of a rocket in mid air)? When I searched the keyword footage (https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=...
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'international-space-station' as a tag synonym to 'iss'?

I know this would be trivial or redundant on a site centered around space exploration, but I believe iss should have what it stands for as a tag synonym international-space-station. Most people ...
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Should I add a 'mechanisms' tag?

I've been doing some tag edits as time permits. Realizing one of our problems is the sheer number of tags, I hate to say it, but I've been thinking of adding a 'mechanisms' tag. We have lots of ...
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Tagging questions on Space Shuttle Columbia and STS-107

There are currently 58 search results for "Columbia" on space.se (although a few are unrelated to the orbiter), and a large amount of them refer to the Columbia disaster, on mission STS-107. ...
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Merge and synonymize [speed] into [velocity]

This seems like a cut and dry case of two tags that should be combined. Am I missing something?

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